Homemade breakfast sausage made with ground pork and seasonings. Great cooked in crumbles for biscuits and gravy, or in patties for breakfast sandwiches or eggs benedict. I like to premake a large batch and freeze the patties, then just take out a few the night before.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
20 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix pork, maple syrup, sage, salt, fennel seed, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, and anise seed in a large bowl until evenly blended. Shape pork into small patties.

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  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat; fry patties in batches until pork is browned and no longer pink in the center, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts

229 calories; protein 17.1g 34% DV; carbohydrates 5.9g 2% DV; fat 14.9g 23% DV; cholesterol 61.3mg 20% DV; sodium 630.6mg 25% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2013
This was great! I didn't have anise seeds so I used extra fennel. And used poultry seasoning instead of sage as I added this sausage to a Rice and Sausage Dressing for Christmas dinner. I put the herbs and spices in my mortar and pestle to crush the seeds. I will make this again and try it for breakfast but with less red pepper flakes for the kids.:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
05/28/2015
We we're in the middle of making homemade sausages tonight and since my boyfriend's mom loves breakfast sausage and maple syrup that I decided to make this homemade recipe for her, I was in a rush that I didn't have the time to look further. I was surprised to see that garlic powder, onion powder and pepper was used for this recipe since it's supposed to be a sweet flavor, but I did it anyway. Hoping for the best. I made the recipe to the T and even though I added the maple syrup to it, it was basically a regular sausage patty with a very slight hint of maple. I added more syrup to it after it was cooked and it still didn't taste like a breakfast sausage. I'm sorry, I won't be making this again. Read More
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31 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 22
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/28/2013
This was great! I didn't have anise seeds so I used extra fennel. And used poultry seasoning instead of sage as I added this sausage to a Rice and Sausage Dressing for Christmas dinner. I put the herbs and spices in my mortar and pestle to crush the seeds. I will make this again and try it for breakfast but with less red pepper flakes for the kids.:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/30/2014
Love this recipe. I used all fennel seeds as well really delicious. The basic recipe that you posted is excellent I did add a little marjoram just because. I used 1/2 tsp of the hot pepper. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
05/28/2015
We we're in the middle of making homemade sausages tonight and since my boyfriend's mom loves breakfast sausage and maple syrup that I decided to make this homemade recipe for her, I was in a rush that I didn't have the time to look further. I was surprised to see that garlic powder, onion powder and pepper was used for this recipe since it's supposed to be a sweet flavor, but I did it anyway. Hoping for the best. I made the recipe to the T and even though I added the maple syrup to it, it was basically a regular sausage patty with a very slight hint of maple. I added more syrup to it after it was cooked and it still didn't taste like a breakfast sausage. I'm sorry, I won't be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2013
This turned out great we used fresh local maple syrup. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2013
Loved the maple flavor. Only had a pound of pork sausage but still was able to make 12 patties. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2020
I always tweak to my own preferences which in this case means less salt and less pepper flake ( I do like a kick but since I was cooking soon after blending I added some cayenne- the pepper flake is better if you give this time to rest and then re-mix before forming and freezing or cooking) otherwise this recipe is nicely balanced between sweet and savory which is the point of breakfast sausage. To everyone who has made comments about fennel not belonging in breakfast sausage (or anise or garlic or whatever) and/or not being important- you don t get to enjoy a whole symphony of flavors in sausage if you only have a string section with one violin. People don t create recipes to address just your preference and neither yours nor the author s is wrong but you don t ding a recipe because of your misguided ideas about food and cooking. Try it even if you think you won t like it. You might surprise yourself. I didn t have star anise on hand so I used fine ground allspice as a little substitute and reduced it I added paprika for color and some marjoram because I like it. Worked well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/27/2019
best breakfast sausage ever! Doesn't quite taste mapleish though:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/03/2017
Like others I didn't use the fennel or anise just doesn't belong in a "breakfast" sausage. Next time I'll double the syrup and use half of the red pepper flakes. Pretty darn good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/19/2018
I put in 1/3 cup of Maple Syrup. It turned out great. I think next time I'll try 1/2 cup. I also used dried Sage that I ground just before using. I thought that the amount of red pepper would be a little too much but I think a full tablespoon would actually be better. Read More
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